Grilled Cheese and Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
15 min
1 hr
20 min

4 servings

  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 large jalapeno peppers
  • 6 strips bacon, uncooked
  • 6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • Prepare a medium-hot grill or preheat the broiler. If using the broiler, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the cheese and cilantro.

  • Using a paring knife, cut off the top of the peppers and reserve. Scoop out the veins and the seeds, discarding both. Stuff the cheese mixture inside the peppers, packing it tightly. Replace the cap on each pepper. Using a toothpick or skewer, skewer the peppers lengthwise from the bottom through the cap. Wrap the slice of bacon, top to bottom, around each pepper, covering the cap, and secure with a toothpick. Put the peppers on the grill, or if broiling, put them on the prepared baking sheet. Grill or broil, turning occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the peppers are tender, about 20 minutes total. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.

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These were ok. I cooked them in the oven and all the cheese came out of it. They were fairly easy to make, and if you have a pepper cooker then it might be worth it to make otherwise try a different recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
was ok i think better if in the oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a fan. I used applewood smoked bacon. The difficult part was keeping the filling in the pepper. The execution of trying to keep these together is pretty tricky as well, even for an experienced cook. I think cooking the bacon first, chopping it & adding it to the cheese before stuffing it may be better. And I'm going to buy a pepper griller. The peppers stand up on the grill so maybe the cheese wouldn't ooze out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had these at 4th of July party. They were delish! A few helpful hints: 1- use Applewood really makes a difference. And make sure to use THICK cut bacon. 2- let them sit for about 10 minutes after they have been grilled or you will burn your tongue.3- I have circular metal skewers that fit around dinner plate edges and they work great for this recipe. You can line up 3 poppers on one skewer and by keeping them lined up, there is less chance of a top falling off and having cheese ooze out since another popper is pushed up against another. 4- because the peppers are cored and seeded, you would think they wouldn't be spicy hot but they are. Resist the temptation to substitute with Jack Pepper cheese. 5- I noticed several reviewers substituting cream cheese for Jack cheese. I wouldn't recommend this because it changes the texture of the popper as well as the taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very disappointing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a Super Bowl party, but had never tasted them before, didn't know if they would be too hot. I filled them with cream cheese , and they took a little longer for the bacon to crisp, but they were delicious and not hot. They were the hit of the party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made them in the oven on 400 degrees, 25 min. They were very good, but I think they need more oozyness, I stuffed them as much as I could. Next time I will add cream cheese to the jack and cilantro. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks Paula ! My husband and I just love these. I used what cheeses I had; string, shredded & colby jack. I cut the bacon strips in half and used long toothpicks to keep it in place at the top and the bottom. My (6 jalapenos I blanched (I can't take spicy foods, I didn't blanch the other 6 and my husband loved them. I end up craving these and so far I've made them several times within a month. I ended up baking them in a 400 degree oven on a cooling rack over a foil lined baking sheet. Works great and clean up is easy (my husbands job when I cook! LOL Thanks for making these so fast and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! The bacon, cheese, and pepper flavor together on the grill is wonderful! I make them like another reviewer, in a pepper tray that you stand the peppers in upright and I also have the jalapeno corer tool. I wouldn't make them without these. Both are available online at Williams Sonoma. Yes, they can be hot of course. Some are hotter than others. I've been told if you rinse the peppers or soak them in cold water first, it will calm the heat a bit although I have not tried this myself as I like the heat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The jalapeno poppers were really good but a little messy on the grill. I bought a grill popper holder so the cheese stays in the poppers while grilling. Instead of wrapping the bacon around the poppers I'm going to cook in adavance, dice and mix with the cheese. Less messy process :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried this recipe, but gave it 5 stars because I know they are so good. I have been cooking these for over 2 years and was taught by my neighbor who has been cooking these for much much longer. We have a tray that holds 21 jalapenos upright and we also have a tool that makes scoping them out so easy. I got them a some hunting/sporting chain store. All we do is cut the tops and scoop out the inside. Then you put a string cheese stick inside and cut what doesn't fit in the jalapeno. Wrap the top half with bacon and use a toothpick right through the middle to hold the bacon in place and keep the pepper from going through the holes on the tray. The bacon grease drips down while it is cooking, the bottom gets black and soft. It is the best thing in the world. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula my favorite!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these a few weeks ago at a cookout and they were so good, the guys really liked them! They were flamin hot, but you're using jalapenos so that kinda goes without saying. This is definitely something we will be cooking again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
our family has been grilling, cooking, etc these jalapeno peppers recipe. we have found, split the jalapenos in half, length-way, scoop the seeds out with a GRAPEFRUIT spoon, works the best!! then stuff with any cheese, we like using long chunks of monterrey jack, and anything else, onion, grated cheese, pimento, use your imagination. you can use cream cheese, with chopped green onion, add grated cheddar, anything that you like. you can't mess up this recipe. wrap with a small piece of bacon, you will have to use toothpicks. then grill or bake at 325 or 350 degrees for about 45 minutes more or less. depends on your oven. . if you want, soften the jalapenos in the micro-wave, or oven to speed up the cookling time. you cannot go wrong with this recipe. pauls's recipe is great if you like alot of heat. i love you paula!!!!!!!!!! keep on cookin'!!!! do not understand if some of these people think this is too hot. JALAPENOS PEOPLE!!!!!!! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great! That ditz in Ca. must not know how to grill either, since she doesn't know jalapenos are hot. If the grill is hot enuf and u prepare them as directed the bacon will be done before the cheese oozes out. If you saw the show,it obviously works for the show, as it did for me.***** You shouldn't rate a recipe low because you can't follow directions or don't like the ingredients' normal characteristics. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not very many jalapeno popper recipes out there without cream cheese, and this one is great. If pepper takes to long to cook, i blanched mine first. As far as some saying its too hot, well try a mild banana pepper, jalapenos are hot no matter what recipe you follow lol. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious quick snack/appitizer. I made this during the week before dinner. They are so good I was craving more the next day. I don't have a grill so I stuck the under the broiler. The chz oozed out which was a bummer but I was able to scoop it up and stuff it right back in. Mmmm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are super...the critcs that are being negative, apparently don't know a whole lot about Jalepenos...Of course they are hot...what did you expect? If you can't handle the heat, don't eat hot peppers...geeze...I've made these and made them with other types of cheese as well, and they are great...a piece of advice for those who can't handle the heat, you might try a different grocery store to buy your peppers...I find some grocery chains sell a milder jalepeno then others....but for me, and most of my party guests, we LOVE these... item not reviewed by moderator and published
We grow our own jalapeno's and this made for an amazing recipe for everyone! The combination of the heat, the cheese and the bacon is purely magical! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved them! We just had the meal from Saturdays show and everyone in the family agreed all recipes are keepers! The peppers had a kick but the flavor was fantastic! I will definelty be serving these at our next BBQ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! True some were hot, but they are hot peppers... Def. will make again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YOU CANT GO WRONG WITH ANYTHING PAULA DEAN MAKES.THESE WERE GREAT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One word sums it up...AWFUL! First off these take longer to cook that recipe says plus the jalapeno over powers the cheese even if it is pepper jack. The bacon falls off the peppers before it can fully cook thus making a greasy mess. I have made many popper recipes before and was so looking forward to this one. What a big dissapointment! Just goes to show you, "don't fix it unless it's broke." I will stick to my recipe thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The heat of the Jalapenos, over powered the taste os the cheese and the bacon. It was not possible to even taste 1/4 of the Jalapenos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a fan at all. The jalapeno was too overpowering and even when securing the whole thing, all the cheese oozed out. Will not be making this again... item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMGosh! These were SUPER hot. I can't imagine how hot they would be if you accidently left a seed or two in the peppers. This will put some hair on your chest, for sure! I ended up eating the bacon on the outside of the peppers, just to save my taste buds. HOT! HOT! HOT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make, although they took longer than expected to grill. Add a little salt when they come off of the grill and serve. A definite hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't eat enough cheddar peppes, but saw your show-----6/5/10 and I certanily will try these, wrapped in bacon,awesome,and I probably will eat more than one,lol great recipe, faithful fan Viola Bergeaux item not reviewed by moderator and published

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